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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Road Rage Detector?

Road Rage Detector?

An in-car motion detector has been invented by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. They are working with PSA Peugeot Citroen to test the infrared camera that detects a driver’s stress levels! If detected, the system will inhibit the vehicle’s speed and/or signal a warning using sound and flash telling the driver to calm down. Many feel that road rage is triggered by drivers who are feeling rushed or spend too much time in heavy traffic. Most drivers who experience road rage show it by tailgating, changing lanes quickly without signaling, running red lights, honking the horn and using obscene gestures. In a recent survey fifty-six percent of men said they experience feelings of road rage on a daily basis and forty-four percent of women do. Studies show that 1500 people are injured or killed in road-rage incidents each year. It is believed that those who suffer from violent road-rage tendencies have Intermittent Explosive Disorde ... read more

Tires And Aging

Tires And Aging

Tires are one of the top concerns of drivers. I’m often asked how you can tell a tire needs to be replaced and does it have to do with how old they are. Good question. Tires go through a lot. Heat is very hard on tires and aside from a hot, summer day, pavement is 10 to 15 degrees hotter than that. Our car’s tires sit on that heat all day long. Sunlight and coastal climates are also hard on tires. It takes time but there is a chemical reaction in the rubber components of tires and heat and sunlight speed up this deterioration. Phoenix is certainly considered a hot climate in the summer months so paying attention to our tires’ pressures is very important. A car that just sits over a long period of time without being driven also accelerates the aging process. Spare tires have this problem as well. They look okay as they still have good tread…but the integrity of the rubber has been compromised. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to rubber components ... read more